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Teen Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can lead to good teens making bad choices

Teen peer pressure can be extremely damaging to a pre-teen or teen who is desperately trying to fit in somewhere –anywhere– amongst kids their age. They are not sure which group they belong in, and those who are suffering with low self esteem can end up fitting more comfortably with less than desirable peers.

This can be the beginning of a downward spiral. When a child doesn’t have confidence in who they are or where they belong, it can lead to the place that is easiest to fit in. Sometimes that is not with the best crowd.

Keeping your child involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and clubs can help give them a place to belong.

P.U.R.E.™ always encourages parents to find the one thing that truly interests their child, whether it is a musical instrument, swimming, golf, diving, dance, chess club, drama, etc.

It is important to find out what their interests are and to help them build on these hobbies. Encourage them 100%. They don’t need to be the next Tiger Woods, but they need to enjoy what they are doing and keep busy doing it. Staying busy in a constructive way is always beneficial.

smokin teens preppyMany parents who contact P.U.R.E.™ state that their child has fallen into the wrong crowd and has become a follower rather than a leader.

They are making bad choices, even though they know better. The fear of not fitting in with their friends sways them to make the wrong decisions.

Low self esteem can attribute to this behavior, and if it has escalated to a point of dangerous situations such as legal issues, substance use, gang related activity, etc. it may be time to seek outside help.

Remember, don’t be ashamed of this; it is very common today and you are not alone. So many parents believe others will think it is a reflection of their parenting skills; however, with today’s society, the teen peer pressure is stronger than it ever has been – especially with social media. The internet explosion combined with many teens’ entitlement issues have made today’s generation a difficult one to understand.

It is so important to find the right fit for your child if you are seeking residential treatment.

Placing your teen out of their element can create more behavioral issues.

P.U.R.E.™ always encourages local adolescent counseling prior to any residential treatment programs or boarding schools, although this is not always necessary.

Many parents have an instinct when their child is heading the wrong direction. It is an intuition only a parent can detect. If something doesn’t seem right, it usually isn’t. If your gut is talking to you, you may want to listen or investigate what your child is doing.

Parents need to understand that teen peer pressure can influence adolescents in negative ways. Do you know who your child’s friends are? Not only in real-life, but online? Today their digital life is as important to them as their offline one.

Be an educated parent – you will have safer and healthier teenager’s.

P.U.R.E.™ invites you to fill out a free consultation form for more information on finding the appropriate help for your teen.

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    Teen Entitlement Issues: The Spoiled Brat GenerationThe Life of a Privileged Teenager

    Many parents only want the best for their children (usually more than they had growing up), but has this actually backfired on families?

    In today’s society, many teens have major entitlement issues. Parents feel that giving their teens material items will somehow earn them respect. Quite frankly, the opposite occurs in most families. The more we give, the more our children expect and the less they respect us. We lose ourselves in buying our children’s love. At the end of the day, no one wins and life is a constant battle of anger, hopelessness, and debt.

    While interviewing a young teen who was recently given a brand new car, the young woman felt she deserved it since her parents gave her two used ones previously. She was only 17 years old and already controlling her household. She truly believed that she was entitled to this car, showing no appreciation of respect for her parents. Simply, she deserved it. Can you imagine owning three cars by the age of 17, yet never buying one? This is an extreme example, but a lot of parents can probably relate.

    Entitlement issues can lead to serious problems. Teaching your child respect and responsibility should be priority. Although the issues may have started to escalate, as a parent, it is never too late to take control of the situation and say no when your teen feels they are entitled to a frivolous item or anything that is considered a privilege.

    Life is about responsibility, and as parents we need to teach this to our children. Helping them comes natural to us; however, when it becomes excessive and the child doesn’t appreciate it, it is time to step back and evaluate your situation.

    Are you experiencing a spoiled rotten brat? Defiant, rebellious and out-of-control especially when they don’t get their own way? Are you at your wit’s end? Feel like you’re a hostage in your own home?

    Read 5 signs your teen might be entitled.

    P.U.R.E.™ invites you to fill out a free consultation form for more information on finding the appropriate help for your teen and your family.
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